Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Arent Fox's fashion law blog offers news, analysis, and insights for the industry from fashion attorney Anthony Lupo.

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Anthony V. Lupo

Anthony Lupo, Fashion Lawyer
Anthony V. Lupo
Fashion Law Group Leader
Washington, DC

Anthony Lupo is a partner at Arent Fox and member of the executive committee. He primarily focuses in three areas: entertainment, fashion, and advertising and data protection. In addition, he chairs the Fashion Law practice.

Anthony is considered to be a leader in the fashion, retail, and e-commerce space. He was named as one of the top three Retail and e-Commerce lawyers in the United States by Law360. Anthony has long been regarded as one of the premier intellectual property attorneys in the country. Chambers USA ranks him as one of the few Tier 1 lawyers for intellectual property, and the Washington Business Journal regards him as the number-one intellectual property attorney. World Trademark Review 1000 describes Anthony as one of only four “Band 1” attorneys in Washington, DC, for both contentious and non-contentious work, and Legal 500 and Super Lawyers magazine selected Anthony for his experience in intellectual property, entertainment, and advertising and gaming matters.

Client Work

Tony is one of the premier fashion law attorneys in the United States. His background in the fashion arena is geared more to that of a general counsel. Specifically, Anthony acts as outside general counsel for a number of high-end European fashion and luxury goods companies handling corporate, real estate, employment, class action, national and global distribution, fulfillment, and California-specific litigation (Prop 65, wage and hour, and false claims and unfair competition). His fashion and luxury goods clients include Lacoste, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Escada, Geox, Benetton, Sisley, Camper, Bebe, DSquared, Just Cavalli, and Maison Margiela.

Additionally, Anthony’s advertising, privacy, and data security experience includes providing guidance on developing and implementing global data privacy and security policies and procedures for a number of leading companies, including Discovery Communications, Sony PlayStation, S&P, Lacoste, LG Electronics, Intersections, Hugo Boss, and Honda. In this regard, he advises clients on issues of data collection, data security, data transfer, privacy, cross-border issues, GLB, the EU Privacy Directive, and privacy as it relates to children. Anthony’s team also has a great deal of experience in advising clients on data breach issues and has been called in to respond to some of the largest data breaches in history.

Notably, Anthony is one of the few attorneys working with foreign governments to revise their intellectual property, which includes:

  • Assisting the Indonesian government in revising its intellectual property laws to comply with GATT
  • Advising the Saudi Arabian government on international intellectual property issues in its effort to join the WTO
  • Advising the Egyptian government on revising its intellectual property laws
  • Advising the Vietnamese government on implementing the US-Vietnam Bilateral Copyright Agreement
  • Lobbying the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), and the Copyright Office regarding intellectual property and counterfeiting issues
  • Preparing international licensing and technology transfer agreements
  • Counseling clients on how to protect their intellectual property in foreign markets.

Anthony sits on the board of directors for the Smithsonian National Zoo, Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, Escada, and Lacoste.


Anthony was named a Top Intellectual Property Attorney for 2005 by the Washington Business Journal, and has been recognized as a leading intellectual property attorney by publications such as Chambers USA, World Trademark Review, Legal 500, and Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized as one of the leading technology and Internet attorneys by a number of publications, including PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Counsel.

He often appears on CourtTV and National Public Radio as an entertainment and Internet legal professional and has been frequently quoted by newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Industry Standard, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also testified before Congress on the issue of e-commerce.

Bar & Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar
Virginia Bar


Georgetown University School of Law, LL.M (Masters of Law), 1993
Howard University School of Law, JD (cum laude),1990
George Mason University, BA, 1987



Blog Posts by Anthony V. Lupo

Intellectual Property
WWD Names Arent Fox a Top Retail Practice

Arent Fox’s Fashion Law group was recommended as one of the best retail practices in the country by WWD, which encouraged retailers to call on the firm’s attorneys when faced with issues that threaten their bottom line.
The article focused on the rise of knockoff and infringing fashion products, as issue that is occurring at an alarming rate in 2017. “Every month, shoppers spend billions (yes, billions) of dollars on counterfeit versions of designer goods and with social media’s ability to create a fervor over so many things, fashion chief among them, the knockoff industry is set to keep growing,” reported WWD.

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Regulatory, Recall & Prop 65, Consumer Product Safety, Fashion Law Videos
Anthony Lupo and James Ravitz on Perfumes and Cosmetics in the Retail Sector

Gone are the days where a brand's DNA is defined solely by clothing and accessories. With the luxury goods sector experiencing a recent downturn, more and more companies are breaking into the perfume and cosmetic spheres. The movement may be attributed, in part, to the "lipstick index," a phrase coined in 2001 by Leonard Lauder, then-chairman of Estee Lauder, to describe how beauty products may act as affordable indulgences during times of economic recession.

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Class Action Defense
The Next Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Against Fashion Retailers: Excess Shipping and Handling Fees

Based on recent federal court filings in the Central District of California, it appears that plaintiff lawyers have found a new way to threaten retailers with class action litigation. In January of this year, two class action complaints were filed on behalf of consumers who allegedly were charged shipping and handling fees “not reasonably related to Defendant’s actual costs of shipping or delivering the items to consumers but instead greatly exceeded those costs.” The complaints assert that the shipping and handling fees violate “established ethical principles” and California law.

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